Astronaut Karen Nyberg is featured in this short video clip on “Overview Effect.”
Viewed from space, Earth has a surreal vibrancy of color & texture that photographs don’t capture. It’s hard to articulate what you’re seeing & even more difficult to articulate how it makes you feel. Our home is a pretty special place. #EarthDay #EarthDay2019 #EarthDayEveryDay pic.twitter.com/gMHP1W23nm
— Karen L. Nyberg (@AstroKarenN) April 22, 2019
The overview effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. It is the experience of seeing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.